At Tallahassee, Fla., South Carolina never got its offense going in a 6-0 loss to South Florida (42-15) in the opening game of the Tallahassee Regional JoAnne Graf Field.
South Carolina (35-21) managed three hits in the contest, two by junior Kristen Struett. Her single in the second nearly started a two-out rally. Freshman first baseman Victoria Williams drew a walk to follow Struett, and senior second baseman Dana Hathorn got plunked to load the bases. But Bulls starter Sara Nevins tallied her third strikeout of the frame to end the inning. Hathorn had a one-out single in the seventh, and senior Ashlyn Masters had a pitch hit her with two outs, but Erica Nunn got the final out on her fourth strikeout
Nevins (28-8) picked up the win with 52/3 innings of two-hit ball, walking three while striking out eight. Gamecock redshirt junior Julie Sarratt (17-11) took the loss, giving up two earned runs on four hits and a walk in four innings. She fanned one.
The Gamecocks play Fordham in the 2:30 p.m. elimination game Saturday on ESPN.